Claims that gum is effective against moles are a common hoax; in reality, chewing gum does nothing to help control a mole population, as noted by Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. Instead, people with mole infestations should consider using poisoned bait or traps to get rid of moles.
Due to the difficulty or removing moles with conventional means, many spurious solutions can be found in gardening magazines and websites. Among these is the claim that Juicy Fruit chewing gum placed in tunnels can control yard moles. Variations of the hoax replace chewing gum with human hair or mothballs, among other products. However, none of these solutions work. Mole populations are not dissuaded in any way chewing gum, according to Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory.
Traps and poisoned bait are the most effective tools for controlling or removing a mole population, according to Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. Moles routinely travel through the same underground paths, called runs, in search of food. Gardeners can place poisoned bait or traps in these runs to help to get rid of a mole population. Regardless of which method is used, the bait or trap must be placed in an often-used run.